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Introducing Core Values

April 2, 2008 1 comment

 

 

Values are the guiding principles that form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves.

 

Organizational values guide employees on how to behave and make decisions especially in situation that test their ethical fiber. These values shape the culture and define the character of the company.

 

Usually the companies define their core values after few years from inception. The values do exist in the minds of the leadership team since beginning. However, once the organization reached a level of maturity in terms of business the values get revalidated. The increased size of the organization also mandates the explicit definition of values to the entire organization.

 

Introducing values is a tricky affaire. It is more than creating excitement and visibility. Its success largely depends on if and how much the employees imbibe the values.

 

Values in isolation do not inspire us. It is the manifestation of values that we see in the lives of others that motivates us. We all know by heart the list of values. However, when we see the reflection of values in the lives of others, we begin to realize the value of the ‘Core Values’.

 

And therefore the most important thing while introducing values is to show employees how the values get reflected in the conduct of seniors in the organizations. Children get the values from their parents. And employees from their seniors!

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